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Battlefords RCMP have charged the following two males with 2nd Degree Murder in connection with this incident:
Taryn Lee COTE (19 yrs old) from Saulteaux FN
Troy Andrew SWIFTWOLFE (18 yrs old) from Moosomin FN.
Both males were remanded in court today in North Battleford Provincial Court and will appear again in court March 5th, 2014 9:30 am, in the same courthouse.
The name of the victim in this homicide is Bryan Darnell Blackstar (24 yrs old)
At approximately 4:40 am on February 2, 2014 North Battleford Rural RCMP responded to a report of an assault at a residence on the Moosomin First Nation. The 24 year old male victim from the Moosomin FN who was located within the same residence, died at the scene.
In addition to the North Battleford Rural RCMP detachment members, North Battleford and Meadow Lake Police Dog Services, North Battleford General Investigation Section, Battleford Forensic Identification Services, and Major Crimes Unit - North are assisting with the investigation.
There had been a number of people at the residence where this homicide occurred. Numerous statements have been taken thus far. Through investigation into this matter, RCMP have identified two suspects who were known to the victim. A 19 year old male and a 18 year old male are currently in custody.
An autopsy to determine cause of death has been tentatively set for tomorrow.
As this investigation is in the preliminary stages, further information will be released when it becomes available.
Inspector Sutherland will be hosting a media availability at the Battleford Rural Detachment (address below) at 11:30 am for those media outlets that able to attend.
RCMP would like to inform the media that two of the three children on the bus were related to the deceased, Monica DOMES. The family of the deceased has requested that the media respect their privacy during their time of grief.
Biggar RCMP are releasing the name of the deceased involved in this collision: Monica DOMES of the Biggar, Sk District. The age of the deceased was reported by us inaccurately. Her correct age is 40 years old. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
All three children who were passengers on the school bus at the time of the collision were released last night with minor cuts and bruises. The school bus driver has been transported to hospital in Saskatoon. His medical condition is not known to police.
In the early morning hours of February 4th, 2014, the Lloydminster Municipal RCMP received a 911 call from a residence located in the north end of the city. When police attended the scene, a male suspect barricaded himself in the residence. The area was contained and the RCMP Emergency Response Team from Edmonton was deployed to assist. The area was contained for several hours before police entered the residence and found the male suspect deceased. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime, is asked to contact the Lloydminster RCMP at (306) 825-6350, your nearest police service or any local RCMP detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), via your cell phone text messaging SaskTel Mobility at *8477, text TIP206 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or you can submit a tip online at www.crimestoppers.ab.ca . If your information leads to an arrest or a case being cleared, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.
Further to the previous release, Biggar RCMP can report that the driver of the school bus remains at the hospital in Biggar at this time. Two of the three children that were taken to hospital for precautionary reasons, were released last night. Details on the status of the third child will be reported on as soon as RCMP knows more.
North Battleford RCMP
2014.02.03 6am - 2014.02.04 6am
Approximately 15 calls for service/occurrences reported. 2 alarms responded to, both false.
733am - Call to a residence on 100th Street regarding a domestic dispute. Subject arguing, no assaults or other criminal acts alleged. Members remained to keep the peace as one subject removed their belongings and left.
806am - Vehicle parked overnight on Clark drive had locked tampered with, no entry gained.
912am - Vehicle parked overnight on 800 block of 99th Street had ignition tampered with.
1222pm - Unwanted guest, intoxicated at a residence on 102nd Street. 54 year old woman arrested for mischief and held in custody until sober.
835pm - Complaint of domestic dispute at a residence on 96th Street. Subjects arguing loudly, one had already left when police arrived.
842pm - 8 year old child injured after the vehicle he was attempting to get into started backing up prematurely on 110th Street, and ran over the child's leg. Fortunately the child did not suffer any serious injuries. Still under investigation, alcohol was not a factor.
Highway 4 is back open. RCMP members are clear from the scene.
On February 3rd at 3:57 p.m. Biggar RCMP received a call regarding a school bus vs. passenger truck collision. The collision occurred approximately 24 km north of Biggar on 4 highway. The school bus was a 36 passenger bus which had three grade school children on it. The truck involved was a Ford F250 pulling a cattle trailer and was parked off to the side of the highway facing north off the north bound lane. It had a mechanical issue and was waiting for assistance. There were two persons belonging to the parked vehicle, who were with the vehicle, prior to the collision. One adult male was inside the truck while a 39 year old female was outside of the vehicle on the highway prior to the collision., The school bus was traveling north bound prior to the collision. The female, from the Biggar area, sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. The adult male was not injured.
Biggar EMS, FIRE and RCMP were dispatched. EMS transported the female to Biggar hospital. She succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The family has been notified. Her name is not being released at this time.
The three children on the bus were transported to Biggar hospital as a precaution and are being monitored. The bus driver is also being held overnight the same hospital for observation. The extent of his injuries is not known.
Highway 4 will be closed at the scene. This may be in effect for 5-6 hours while an RCMP Collision Analyst conducts his investigation into the cause of this collision. Motorists are asked to avoid highway travel between Cando and Biggar until the highway is re-opened.